Keyword: Command, Control, and Navigation Systems

Robotics, Automation & Control

UpFront: Energy
NASA reveals winners of a CO2 conversion challenge.
Application Briefs: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Ewellix (Gothenburg, Sweden) has developed a planetary roller screw that's now on Mars.
Briefs: Motion Control
In a collapsed building or on rough terrain, a robot could balance itself and move forward with just its feet.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
A new algorithm finds robots the best path across uneven terrain — and the best placement for a robot’s arms and feet.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
UC Berkeley engineers have created a lightweight and durable robot that achieves exquisite control and agility by modulating the electrostatic forces between its feet and surfaces.
Briefs: Sensors/Data Acquisition
These tiny aerial robots can operate in cramped spaces and withstand collisions.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
The open-architecture flight software package provides solutions for onboard orbit determination.
Briefs: Manufacturing & Prototyping
Biobots based on muscle cells can swim at unprecedented velocities.
Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Exoskeleton legs are capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using artificial intelligence technology.
Application Briefs: Automotive
Editor Ed Brown explores what’s ahead for MEMS automobile navigation systems.
Q&A: Sensors/Data Acquisition
New autonomous robotic devices can survey hazardous or difficult-to-reach sites faster than humans.
Briefs: Software
This software could also be used for indoor navigation assistance for the visually impaired.
NASA Spinoff: Robotics, Automation & Control
The interface enables one person to accomplish tasks that previously required two sets of hands.
Blog: Robotics, Automation & Control
Computer scientists at UC San Diego developed a navigation system that will allow robots to better negotiate busy environments in a hospital
Briefs: Data Acquisition
An algorithm runs onboard a vehicle, providing important real-time data to aid in steering the craft.
Briefs: Aerospace
Autonomous quadcopters can be trained using simulations to increase their speed, agility, and efficiency.
Briefs: Data Acquisition
This model can be used to design better aircraft without having to wait months for supercomputer calculations.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Will Underwater Exploration Go Battery-Free?

A Tech Brief featured in our April issue highlighted a battery-free pinpointing system from MIT called Underwater Backscatter Localization. Rather than emitting its own acoustic signals, the “UBL” reflects modulated signals from its environment. The reflections provide researchers with positioning...

Special Reports: Wearables
Aerospace & Defense Sensing - April 2021

A microwave radiation sensor offers 100,000 times greater sensitivity...Nature-inspired sensors help autonomous machines to see better...New accelerometers aid the development of Electric Vertical...

Blog: AR/AI
Robotics researchers are developing exoskeleton legs capable of thinking and making control decisions on their own using sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) technology.
Special Reports: Unmanned Systems
Unmanned Systems - March 2021

Drones that swarm and change shape mid-flight... autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield...the latest in counter-UAS technology. Read about new advances in air and ground unmanned systems in this report...

Briefs: Robotics, Automation & Control
Onboard cameras can be used to keep damaged quadcopters in the air and flying stably, even without GPS.
Special Reports: Aerospace
Rugged Computing - March 2021

From the battlefield to the oceans to the extremes of space, electronics and computing advances enable missions in the harshest conditions. To help you keep pace with the latest developments, we present this...

Blog: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Darin Skelly spoke with Tech Briefs about how he felt during the landing of the Perseverance rover, and what he's most looking forward to finding out about Mars.
Podcasts: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
In this episode of Here's an Idea, we look at a set of robots already helping out hospitals in the fight against COVID-19.
Question of the Week: Robotics, Automation & Control
Can 'Bluebots' Preserve Coral Reefs?

A team of Harvard researchers have developed fish-inspired robots that can synchronize their movements like a real school of fish, without any external control. (Watch the robots in action on Tech Briefs TV.)

Special Reports: Motion Control
Test & Measurement - February 2021

Sensors to search for ancient life on Mars...nano-thermometers that could revolutionize temperature measurement...a major advance in semiconductor testing. These are just a few of the technologies you'll...

Facility Focus: Mechanical & Fluid Systems
Stanford University’s School of Engineering has been at the forefront of innovation for nearly a century
Articles: Energy
A malaria-test "bandage"; underwater navigation via sound; and a biodegrading, implantable sensor.